Track & Retrieve My Passport
Passport/Visa Collection Locations

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Most applicants receive their visas the day after their interview; however, certain cases require additional processing, which could result in a delay. Therefore you should not purchase your travel ticket until you have received your visa. Once the decision has been made to issue a visa, the visa is normally ready for pick up at the Embassy Gate one business day after the interview at 3:30p.m., except on Fridays, when they will be ready at 10:00a.m. Visas are not issued the same day. Applicants should bring the ticket number that was given to them on their interview day to claim their visas. If applying in a group, only one person needs to come to pick up the visas. Someone may pick up the visa on an applicant's behalf if they have a signed letter from the applicant, but that person should bring his/her own passport or National Identity Card.

Check Your Visa Application Status

If you are a nonimmigrant applicant, you may check your DS-160 and visa application status online here by entering your interview location and your DS-160 barcode number.

Locations and Timings

U.S. Embassy Days of the Week Timings
Colombo Monday-Thursday 15:30 hours
Friday 10:00 hours


For Maldivian passport holders only, you may elect to take your passport with you after your interview if the visa is approved.  After your return to the Maldives, you may submit your passport through the Foreign Ministry to the Maldivian High Commission in Colombo for delivery to the Embassy. Once the visa has been printed, the passport will be given to the Maldivian High Commission for return to the Foreign Ministry where it can be collected.  If you are not a Maldivian citizen, you will need to collect your passport at the normal collection times.